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ASHLAND, OH 44805
Phone: 419-281-2566, 1-800-430-2566
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Arlene Whitmer

Arlene R. Whitmer

Saturday, May 10th, 1969 - Monday, January 11th, 2021
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Arlene R. (DeVore) Whitmer 51

On Monday, January 11, Arlene went to the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Arlene was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1969 to Russell and the late Ruth DeVore. She grew up in Crawford County where she was highly involved in 4-H, and graduated from Colonel Crawford High School.

She received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Defiance College. Later in life she went on to earn a Master’s degree in Library Science from Kent State University. She loved libraries and held numerous positions at Richland County Public Library and most recently Wayne County Public Library.

In 1997, she married Todd Whitmer who survives. Together they have one son, Nate “the joy of her life” who also survives.

She attended First Christian Church where she filled various roles including deacon, hand bell choir member, Sunday school teacher and chairperson of the congregation.

She loved spending time with her family, attending cross country races and helping with scouting events. She enjoyed crocheting, up-cycling, antiquing, and saying “I love you” with a well-prepared meal or dessert.

She will be dearly missed by family, friends, co-workers and library patrons.

She was proceeded in death by her grandparents; her Mother, Ruth DeVore; and an Uncle, Eldon Bauer.

She also survived by her father, Russell DeVore: a sister, Julie Sloan; an Uncle, Richard Bauer; an Aunt, Barbara (Robert) Dintaman; Nieces and Great-Nieces Olivia Sloan (Lucas Parsons), Emily Sloan, and Ellie Parsons; Nephews and Great Nephews Levi Sloan and Gabe Parsons.

Due to Covid-19 precautions, a Celebration of Life Service will be held this summer the details of which will be posted on Arlene’s Facebook account.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Ashland Christian Health Center 380 E. 4th St., Ashland, Ohio 44805 or First Christian Church 1425 King Rd., Ashland, Ohio 44805.
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Angela Woodward & Melanie Fitch

Posted at 12:30pm
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. We hope God blesses, comforts, and gives you strength during this difficult time. - Angela Woodward & Melanie Fitch - Ashland County Cancer Association

(Matthew 5:4) "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

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Stacey Baker

Posted at 10:20am
Todd and Nate, Arlene was a joy to work with. Her smile and laugh lit up our TS dept. at WCPL. I loved our one-on-one chats. My prayers are with you
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Gary Cole

Posted at 12:42pm
My sympathy to Russ, Julie and the family. My daughter and Arlene were good friends. Good thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Melissa Carpenter Eggerton

Posted at 09:10am
Thoughts and prayers to Todd and family. She will always be close at heart, thru the many memories, that you will hold dear...
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Laurel Baer

Posted at 10:47am
Arlene was precious to all of us who worked beside her at the Wooster library. Her positive outlook, amazing creativity, sense of humor, and her kind and generous heart will never be forgotten and will constantly inspire those of us who were blessed to know her. She made a huge impact on the Wayne County community of library users that will remain far into the future, and I know her impact must have been just as large in the Ashland County community where she lived, because of her many caring church activities. But, above all, those of us who knew her understood that her love and concern for her family was more important to her than everything else she did in this life, and so for her family I pray for God's comfort, peace, strength, and healing.
 
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Kathy Zaborowski Posted at 11:46am

Arlene was one of my childhood friends who I occasionally kept in touch with through the years. Her grandparents lived down the road from my grandparents and we went to church together. She was always patient and kind. A good soul. Julie, Russ, Sending prayers of comfort your way.
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